July 17-23, 2011

St Edmund's College

Aim of Course

In this one week course a wide range of topics at the science/religion interface will be addressed by internationally renowned speakers. The topics to be covered include historical and philosophical perspectives; the relationships between physics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience with religion; and some of the ethical issues raised by science.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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  • Katherine Blundell : God and the Big Bang
  • Revd Dave Bookless : Earthing Theology: Caring for Creation in Urban and Rural Contexts
  • Dr Allan Chapman : Science, Secularism, and Enlightenment
  • Peter Clarke (deceased) : The Brain as a Neuronal Machine
  • Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles : Brain Imaging and Religious Experience
  • Dr Marc Cortez : Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies
  • Keith Fox : Creation and Evolution
  • Nidhal Guessoum : Islam and Modern Science, and Islam and Modern Technologies
  • Ian Hutchinson : Monopolizing Knowledge: A Refutation of Scientism; and Physics and Faith
  • Dr David Lahti : Is Human Behaviour in the Genes? and Has Religion Evolved?
  • Revd Dr Ernest Lucas : The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
  • Michael Murray : Animal Suffering: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
  • Tim O’Connor : Cosmic Fine-Tuning, and Free Will and the Scientific Study of Mind
  • Ted Peters : Astro-Ethics and the Search for Life, and Can We Enhance the Imago Dei? A Theological Assessment of Genetic Alteration, Nanotechnology, and Transhumanism
  • Jeff Schloss : Animal Suffering: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
  • John Wyatt : What does it Mean to be a Person? Matters of Life and Death

Venue

The course will be held at St Edmund’s College, Mount Pleasant, Cambridge, CB3 0BN

Course Schedule

Sunday July 17
6.00 pm Arrival
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
 

Monday July 18: Theme – ‘Hitorical and Philosophical Interactions between Science and Religion’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Ian Hutchinson: Monopolizing Knowledge: A Refutation of Scientism
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. Nidhal Guessoum: Islam and Modern Science
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Free time
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Dr Allan Chapman: Science, Secularism, and Enlightenment: the historical origins of a modern mythology
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Prof. Katherine Blundell: God and the Big Bang
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 3 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Tuesday July 19: Theme – ‘Physics and Faith’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Ian Hutchinson: Physics and Faith
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. Tim O’Connor: Cosmic Fine Tuning: Discerning Purpose at the Limits of Science
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Cambridge History of Science Tour
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Prof. Nidhal Guessoum: Islam and Modern Technologies
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Prof. Ted Peters: Astro-Ethics and the Search for Life
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Wednesday July 20: Theme – ‘Biology and Evolution’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Keith Fox: Creation and Evolution
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Dr David Lahti: Is Human Behaviour in the Genes?
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Cambridge History of Science Tour II: The Darwin Papers?
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Dr David Lahti: Has Religion Evolved?
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Revd Dr Ernest Lucas: The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3
6.30 pm Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Thursday July 21: Theme – ‘The Brain’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Peter Clarke (deceased): The Brain as a Neuronal Machine
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. Tim O’Connor: Free Will and the Scientific Study of the Mind: Oil and Water?
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Dr Marc Cortez: Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles: Brain Imaging and Religious Experience
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Free time
7.00 pm Dinner
8.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pm Bar and more Discussion
 

Friday July 22: Theme – ‘Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science’

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Ted Peters: Can We Enhance the Imago Dei? A Theological Assessment of Genetic Alteration, Nanotechnology, and Transhumanism
10.00 am Questions and Discussion
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Prof. Michael Murray, Prof. Jeff Schloss: Animal Suffering: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
12.00 pm Questions and Discussion
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. John Wyatt: What does it Mean to be a Person? Matters of Life and Death
3.00 pm Questions and Discussion
3.30 pm Tea Break
4.00 pm Revd Dave Bookless: Earthing Theology: Caring for Creation in Urban and Rural Contexts
5.00 pm Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Panel Discussion with 4 Speakers  Questions and Discussion
7.00 pm Gala Dinner
 

Saturday July 23

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Depart

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